U.S. carrier AT&T has doubled its 4G LTE coverage when compared to a year ago.
The company's 4G LTE network now covers more than 150 million consumers within the United States, representing a 50 percent increase from what it was at the end of 2011.
AT&T stressed that due to its rollout being ahead of schedule, the carrier is hoping reach quarter of a billion consumers by the end of 2013 and 300 million by the end of 2014. Currently, AT&T's LTE network is available in 103 markets. This week, it added several new markets including Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Tacoma, Wash.; York, Penn.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Annapolis, Md.; Denver, Colo.; Provo, Utah and the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
Verizon, however, now covers 440 markets throughout the region and reaches 250 million consumers. That said, Verizon did launch its LTE deployment long before AT&T initiated its own rollout. AT&T had previously announced plans to invest $14 billion over the next three years in order to upgrade its wireless networks.